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Cairngorm Ski Resort Guide

  • Weather Forecast for Cairngorm at  m altitude issued: 5 pm08 Feb 2016 (local time)  
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Cairngorm Ski Resort Guide


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Cairngorm Ski Resort Guide

Inversion, Cairngorm photo


Photo credit: Cam

Looking up Cairngorm from the day lodge photo


Photo credit: David McKeown

Cairngorm Ski Centre photo


Photo credit: David McKeown

Slope Stats

  • 1097m

  • 548m

  • 549m

  • Acres of ski:2086
  • Pistes:28
  • Snowmaking:-
  • Halfpipes:-
  • Terrain Parks:1
  • X-Country:60 km
  • beginner30%
  • intermediate40%
  • advanced30%

The spiritual home of winter sports in Britain. Cairngorm and the nearby town of Aviemore have supplied all the recent big names in the British ski scene. From Emma Carrick-Anderson, to the fabulous Baxter Boys and Lesley McKenna. On its day Scotland can offer some great riding, nowhere better than here. Sadly, those bluebird days are undeniably scarcer than they were in decades gone so that the new mantra at the ski resorts is diversify or decline. Cairngorm is now just as important for summer mountain-biking as it is for skiing. On a bad winters day dress for horizontal rain and snow whipped along by some of the most ferocious low-altitude winds on the planet. The prevailing westerly weather moves quickly off the Atlantic and so skiing here is all about timing - avoiding the mild SE gales that eat into the snowpack and force lifts to close and making the most of a brief ridge of high pressure that follows a snowy northerly. Time it right, and you can find perfect conditions on and off piste at Cairngorm and in cold winters where the conveyor of Atlantic storms abates and continental air rules, you can find week after week of great conditions and even powder days. The skiing here is situated on the fifth highest mountain in Britain but that's still not high enough to be really snow sure. A relatively new funicular railway should help the mountain stay open during times of high winds and reduced snow cover low down.Off the slopes at Cairngorm, there is plenty of accommodation in Aviemore and the surrounding villages and the alternative little resort of Lecht is an hour away by road. Nightlife is lively. Seek out Chevies or the Winking Owl.


  • Nearest Airport:Inverness
  • Nearest Train Station:Aviemore
  • Tourist Office Phone:+44/1479/861336
  • Tourist Office
  • Slopeside accommodation:no
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  • Season opens:9 Jan 2016
  • Season closes:10 Apr 2016
  • Lifts:2 chair lifts, 13 surface lifts, funicular railway
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  •   2
  •   13

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:8 Feb
  • Last Snowfall:4 February 2016
  • Snow Depth (upper):
  • Snow Depth (lower):
  • Piste:Packed powder
  • Off-piste:Windblown

Today’s Weather (823 m)view full snow forecast

snow showers
30 WNW30
0 °CF-Level
partially cloudy
15 W15
0 °CF-Level
20 NW20
-1 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Cairngorm

Jo from United Kingdom writes:

The weather has largely been perfect all week. Blue sky and very little wind. Quite misty today, but still plenty of skiing to be done and most lofts and runs still open. The snow cannons are making a real difference this year.

Like has been sad before; check the forecast, get up early (top car park will probably Be full by 10) or use the bus, use the restaurant outside peak times when the ski schools descend and have a fab time using the great snow sports on offer.

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